What are the only two sounds that can be heard in the poem "Stopping by Woods on a Snowy Evening"? What effect do they create?    

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stolperia | (Level 1) Educator Emeritus

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The first sound mentioned in the poem occurs when the narrator's horse "gives his harness bells a shake." The narrator suggests the noise of the bells indicates the horse's impatience with standing still, shows that the horse wants to keep moving instead of staying where they are. The bells, probably not loud in and of themselves, sound out of place, almost as if they were "some mistake" that is interrupting the deep silence in the woods.

The only other sound is the barely heard "sweep of easy wind and downy flake." The air is moving just enough to disturb the newly fallen snow as it filters through the boughs of the trees and settles to the ground with the quietest of noises.

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user7474132 | (Level 1) eNoter

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the first 'sound' is the "falling of the snow here it shows that the place where he is there is very quite because u would never hear the falling of the snow in a place where it is noisy like a market after some time when the horse thinks it weird to watch his master stop without any farm house near by hear it shows that his master ie the spearer never stops with out any purpose, he shakes his bells on his harness to ask him if there is any mistake. this is the second sound . he could hear it as he is in a quite place. here it shows the  impatience of the horse here it is like the hose is saying 'u ok i dont know about u but i am cold where is my fodder i am not prepared for hiking i am sorry to disturbe u but i was just curious to know that r v ever going to go home i think it is time and it is  dark & if u dont hurry v are going to lose our way'

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